“Fantasy” and “Reality” in Modern Antisemitism

Ezra Mendelsohn

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts

Published in print April 1997 | ISBN: 9780195112030
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854608 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

“Fantasy” and “Reality” in Modern Antisemitism

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This chapter reviews Albert S. Lindermann's recent study of the Dreyfus, Beilis, and Leo Frank affairs (1894 to 1915). It points out that the definition of the topic appears at times to be as elusive as the quest to ground it in the conditions of “reality.” The trials and the controversies that were engendered clearly occupy the book's central narrative concerns, but lurking in the background—and periodically made explicit—is a set of arguments about modern antisemitism: what accounts for it, how it is best to be studied, and its impact on political events. The chapter focuses on the terminological gloss that Lindermann provided in the book which defines antisemtism simply as “hostility to” or “hatred of” Jews.

Keywords: Albert S. Lindermann; Dreyfus; Beilis; Leo Frank affairs; reality; trials; arguments; antisemitism; terminological gloss; hatred of Jews

Chapter.  3687 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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